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Geneva Bible (1599): Psalm 109

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1 To him that excelleth. A Psalme of David. Holde not thy tongue, O God of my praise.

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2 For the mouth of the wicked, and the mouth full of deceite are opened vpon me: they haue spoken to me with a lying tongue.

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3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.

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4 For my friendship they were mine aduersaries, but I gaue my selfe to praier.

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5 And they haue rewarded me euil for good, and hatred for my friendship.

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6 Set thou the wicked ouer him, and let the aduersarie stand at his right hand.

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7 Whe he shalbe iudged, let him be condemned, and let his praier be turned into sinne.

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8 Let his daies be fewe, and let another take his charge.

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9 Let his children be fatherlesse, and his wife a widowe.

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10 Let his children be vagabonds and beg and seeke bread, comming out of their places destroyed.

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11 Let the extortioner catch al that he hath, and let the strangers spoile his labour.

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12 Let there be none to extend mercie vnto him: neither let there be any to shewe mercie vpon his fatherlesse children.

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13 Let his posteritie be destroied, and in the generation following let their name be put out.

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14 Let the iniquitie of his fathers bee had in remembrance with the Lord: and let not the sinne of his mother be done away.

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15 But let them alway be before the Lord, that he may cut off their memorial from ye earth.

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16 Because he remembred not to shew mercie, but persecuted the afflicted and poore man, and the sorowfull hearted to slay him.

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17 As he loued cursing, so shall it come vnto him, and as he loued not blessing, so shall it be farre from him.

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18 As he clothed himselfe with cursing like a rayment, so shall it come into his bowels like water, and like oyle into his bones.

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19 Let it be vnto him as a garment to couer him, and for a girdle, wherewith he shalbe alway girded.

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20 Let this be the rewarde of mine aduersarie from the Lord, and of them, that speake euill against my soule.

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21 But thou, O Lord my God, deale with me according vnto thy Name: deliuer me, (for thy mercie is good)

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22 Because I am poore and needie, and mine heart is wounded within me.

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23 I depart like the shadowe that declineth, and am shaken off as the grashopper.

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24 My knees are weake through fasting, and my flesh hath lost all fatnes.

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25 I became also a rebuke vnto them: they that looked vpon me, shaked their heads.

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26 Helpe me, O Lord my God: saue me according to thy mercie.

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27 And they shall know, that this is thine hand, and that thou, Lord, hast done it.

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28 Though they curse, yet thou wilt blesse: they shall arise and be confounded, but thy seruant shall reioyce.

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29 Let mine aduersaries be clothed with shame, and let them couer themselues with their confusion, as with a cloke.

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30 I will giue thankes vnto the Lord greatly with my mouth and praise him among ye multitude.

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31 For he will stand at the right hand of the poore, to saue him from them that woulde condemne his soule.

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